Turning a group of programming newbies into R users

  • Date:
    Oct 02 2013
    07:00pm to 07:00pm
    Room 222, Morrill Science Center, North Pleasant Street, UMass Amherst

    There is free parking in lot 62 behind Morrill. The entrance is just off Thatcher Road. Directions to the room will be posted around the building.

    In the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Program at UMass Amherst a number of people use statistics everyday as part of our research. They needed a program that could perform numerous statistical analyses, incorporate user written functions and be constantly updated, whilst still being cost effective (aka free)! R offered a way to do all this and more, however, now there was another problem, learning a programming language...

    At the upcoming Pioneer Valley R Meet-Up Andy Smith wi'll be talking about how a group of programming newcomers overcame the steep learning curve of the R language. Andy  will discuss the techniques he used, the tips and tricks that helped, and the warning errors that took hours to resolve. There are also some fun examples that Andy will present to demonstrate how certain elements of the R language can be learnt, so feel free to bring a laptop!